Best Smart Locks

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 10, 2017
The number of smart devices around us is growing from year to year. Your smartphone might become a new key to your house. Make the first step and buy a smart lock. You will forget about keys and feel much safer and protected. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
Access Method
Extras
Type/Mounting
Power Source
Warranty
 
PROS

This device gives you the ability to lock and unlock the door remotely, create virtual keys for any of your guests, and provides you with a function of keeping track of who enters and leaves your premises.

CONS

The batteries tend not to last very long.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to the highly secure Low Energy Bluetooth that syncs the lock to your smartphone and voice Control that gives you the ability to lock your door using Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or the Google Assistant, this smart lock is a great choice for those looking for some convenience and security.

detailed parameters
Access Method

iOS app, Rotating mechanism

Extras

Activity log, Voice control

Type/Mounting

Deadbolt lock

Power Source

4x AA batteries

Warranty

1 year

PROS
The lifetime warranty provided by the manufacturer makes you even more confident in the lock's reliability.
CONS
Dimensions of the lock make it somewhat bulky. It is compatible exclusively with Apple devices.
OUR VERDICT
If you feel an urge to have a smart lock but you have no desire to abandon the usual keylock, this option is right for you. It also has the Grade 1 security level certified by ANSI/BHMA.
detailed parameters
Access Method
Code Key iOS App
Extras
Built-in alarm sensors, Backlit keypad, Waterproof, HomeKit
Type/Mounting
Deadbolt lock
Power Source

4x AA batteries,8,760 hours

Warranty
Limited lifetime mechanical warranty, 3-year electronics warranty
PROS

This smart lock has an unremarkable appearance, thus attracts no unwanted attention. But it features an amazing set of functions for a user's convenience.

CONS
Unlocking is not immediate and requires several seconds.
OUR VERDICT
Kwikset lock comes with a Fob key that can open the door instead of a smartphone. It may be preferred by individuals fond of simple and conventional accessories.
detailed parameters
Access Method
iOS and Android apps, Android Wear Key, Electronic key (eKey)
Extras
History, Access control, Notifications, Nest
Type/Mounting
Deadbolt lock
Power Source

4x AA batteries, 8,766 hours

Warranty
Lifetime mechanical warranty, 1-year electronics warranty
PROS

This smart lock provides you with the options of unlocking it by entering your 4-8 digit PIN code on the backlit, touchscreen keypad or using a physical key. It also stores up to 250 (25 for non-connected) pin codes for you to share with others.

CONS

Touchscreen loses its responsiveness over time.

OUR VERDICT

With voice-guided assistance, privacy mode, auto re-lock and multiple locking options, the Yale YRD226NR619 Assure Lock Touchscreen is a perfect choice for those customers that want to keep up with the times while still maintaining an old-fashioned safety net.

detailed parameters
Access Method

Pin code, Physical key

Extras

Compatible with Yale network module to work with a smart home system

Type/Mounting

Deadbolt lock

Power Source

4x AA batteries

Warranty

Lifetime limited warranty for finish and mechanical, 1-year electronics

PROS

The model comes with an eKey technology that allows you to send eKeys to friends and family, manage users, view unlocking history, and monitor your TurboLock directly from the app. And if you’re expecting friends to come by, they can temporarily have an easy access to your home via Passive Mode.

CONS

Mounting the lock may prove to be slightly difficult for some users.

OUR VERDICT

The model is a great choice for those living in an area where extreme weather conditions are an issue since it is capable of withstanding and operating in any type of climate with its sturdy metal alloy and weather-sealed materials keeping the dust and dirt at bay.

detailed parameters
Access Method

Android or iOS application, Pin code

Extras

The handle can be interchangeably set to either be a left or right knob

Type/Mounting

Deadbolt lock

Power Source

4x AA batteries

Warranty

1 year

What Is a Smart Lock?

Today everybody has at least one key in a pocket. It fits the lock of the entrance door to a house or an apartment, a garage or a vault. Maybe it opens a padlock attached to the chain tying your bike to a tree. Some individuals carry huge bunches of keys, which cause a real discomfort. There is a solution to this problem proposed by manufacturers of smart locks that should brush such kind of troubles aside.

Smart locks relieve you of the need to have a bunch of keys to the doors. These locks can be installed instead of regular deadbolt locks and differ from them providing you with a possibility to lock and unlock them with a smartphone or another gadget. Some smart locks are compatible with Smart Home systems. All in all, the smart locks feature the same functions as the common locks but they are more convenient to use and ensure a higher level of security.

If you would like to change the doorbell along with replacing your lock with a smart one, we recommend taking a look at our door chimes and bells review that contains detailed information on these devices.

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Best Smart Locks

What Features to Compare

Your choice of a smart lock will depend, first of all, on the Access method. The lock should be easy to use. In general, you access the lock right from your smartphone which may even unlock the door automatically when you approach it. You need only to install an appropriate application on your phone. If you prefer to control the unlocking by yourself, you will have to press a button in the app every time. In this case, you should deactivate the automatic unlocking option. Some locks allow locking and unlocking with a regular key. The locks might have a digital keypad for entry of an access code. This feature will be useful if you do not have a smartphone.

Smart locks may additionally feature Extra functions and conveniences, for example, the access control. The application in your smartphone can notify you if somebody has entered the house or left it, what was the time, and duration of the visit, etc. You will have a detailed log of all events. If your lock is compatible with the Smart Home systems like Nest or Apple HomeKit, you will be able to get the status reports or enjoy other convenient features. Waterproof locks can be installed in the entrance doors of any building. Other smart locks are intended for interior doors only. Some locks allow opening by keyfobs that might be convenient for kids or other family members who do not use any modern gadgets.

You should also pay attention to the Installation procedure and the Exterior of every smart lock. As the conventional locks, these smart devices may be padlocks or deadbolt locks. Deadbolt locks are installed instead of regular old locks. You can just replace the interior of the lock in your door. It can be done easily - just with the help of a screwdriver. If the dimensions of a lock are correct, the exterior of the old lock remains intact.

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August ASL-02

The New Era of Locks

People have owned some kind of property for probably as long as they have been living on this planet. And while you do want to assume the best in people, it generally is better to always prepare for the worst, which is why individuals have always been looking for ways to secure the safety of their possessions. Some of those items may seem silly and utterly worthless to certain people, especially if you look at them through a retrospective lens, but the idea of installing some form of a safety net to protect your own home is a concept that survived the test of time and is an idea that is more than prevalent even in our day and age.

Of course, the means and ways of protection have somewhat changed over the years. For the longest time, people would use to install regular mechanical locks that were essentially fastening devices that you had to release using a specifically designed physical object (usually in a form of a key) in order to unlock the door. And while they had their advantages, this kind of approach is slowly becoming obsolete due to a certain number of flaws in the system, be it the fact that the key isn't particularly hard to replicate or the fact that a skilled burglar is capable of unlocking it with just a couple of accessible items. Whether you like it or not, the mechanical locks have served their purpose and are slowly stepping away in favor of smart locks, that are far more secure and convenient. So instead of staying in the past, why don't you take a step towards the future and purchase the August ASL-02 Smart Lock 2nd Generation?

Review of August ASL-02 Smart Lock 2nd Generation

You Are the Keymaster

With the August ASL-02 Smart Lock 2nd Generation, you are the master of keys. This device gives you the ability to lock and unlock the door remotely, create virtual keys for any of your guests, and provides you with a function of keeping track of who enters and leaves your premises, all through the comforts of your smartphone. Thanks to the 24/7 activity log application you will never have to worry about wondering when somebody came in or left your home. And with unique keys for each user, you’ll always know who opens your door and when. And if you don't want to deal with the drag of using the application every time you want to lock the door after entering your house, the August Smart Lock auto-locks behind you for peace of mind and automatically unlocks as you approach. But if this function doesn't seem all that appealing to you, you can always turn it off.

August ASL-02 Smart Lock 2nd Generation in the use

Set It up in the Matter of Minutes

The August Smart Lock 2nd Generation package includes an aluminum smart lock, 4 AA batteries, a number of necessary mounting plates and three lock adapters. The device is incredibly easy to install and operate. Your exterior door hardware stays the same. The smart lock only replaces the interior side of most standard deadbolts. A highly secure Low Energy Bluetooth (LEB) syncs the lock to your smartphone. The model is entirely battery operated so nothing needs to be wired or connected. When the batteries are in need of replacing, you’ll be notified by the August app. You can operate the device using the voice control or lock your door utilizing Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or the Google Assistant. With the kind of comfort and convenience the August Smart Lock 2nd Generation provides, the model is a great purchase even for the most conservative customers.

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Schlage BE479 V CEN 619

Different From Others

This smart lock features a sensor keypad for code entry and we have enjoyed its bright illumination in the darkness. Moreover, it is waterproof and you can tap an access code even if you are wearing gloves. The touchscreen technology allows providing access to individuals who do not have iPhone, iPod touch or iPad since the Schlage Lock Company Smart Deadbolt is compatible exclusively with Apple devices. But if you give someone the access code, that person can unlock the door. We have found out that the smart lock can hold in its memory up to 30 different access codes from 4 to 8 digits long. If each person has its own access code, you will be able to monitor people entering and leaving the premises. This smart lock is compatible with the HomeKit and can be controlled using the Siri voice assistant developed by Apple. You will agree that it might be very convenient to unlock the door with a voice command.

Review of Schlage BE479 V CEN 619 Sense Smart Deadbolt

Smart and Safe

There are two alternative color designs of the Schlage lock to suit interiors of all homes. The Century model has a square keypad and its appearance seems to be rather strict and plain compared to the Camelot model that looks more traditional. We have noticed that the manufacturer concentrated on the security of its clients and certified the lock with ANSI/BHMA 1 security rate. We also liked the built-in alarm system sensing potential door attacks. The alarm siren is activated if somebody is trying to break the lock.

Schlage BE479 V CEN 619 Sense Smart Deadbolt in the use

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Leaving home for some extended period of time isn't quite secure if you don't use a security camera. Install one at the front of your place and be sure that its presence will keep undesirable guests away.

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Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15

Touch it Once

The Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock resembles a good old deadbolt lock, so it attracts no unwanted attention which seems a positive factor to us. Although, the old-fashioned appearance is misguiding. This smart lock not only supports communication with Android and iOS mobile gadgets but is compatible with the Smart Home systems, too. We have attempted to clarify how it works. For example, if you have an Apple device, you can unlock the door with the Kevo lock with a mere voice command via the Siri app. You can enjoy using this lock even more if you have an Apple TV at home. In pair with it, the Kevo lock allows controlling your entrance door from any place in the world. It is extremely convenient. We liked the option of a remote door unlocking with a touch of a hand. You should only have your smartphone with you. In case you are not a lucky owner of a smartphone, it is not a problem at all. The manufacturer provides you with special electronic keyfobs that are easy to use and require no additional setup.

Review of Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15 Touch-to-Open Smart Lock

Knows Where You Are

Now, we would like to speak about features that differ the Kevo lock from other smart locks. Kevo has a pre-installed intelligent positioning technology detecting if the authorized user is inside or outside of the house. This way, no unauthorized access is possible. Maybe, it is the most convenient function because it prevents undesired door unlocking by strangers if your mobile phone or e-key is inside. To activate this feature, you should perform the auto-calibration that constantly adjusts your Kevo lock for the maximum security. Actually, it is a unique function available only to users of the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock.

Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15 Touch-to-Open Smart Lock in the use

More Products to Consider

A lot of people today, who equip their places in a fashionable way, buy hidden cameras which allow for the round-the-clock monitoring of the room when you aren't there. Handy!

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Yale YRD226NR619

You Do Need a Lock

Do you even need a lock? That is the kind of question that may seem silly to those people that live in the middle of the crowded and populated cities or to those that don't have the privilege of having their own place in a nice neighborhood. In these kinds of scenarios, people tend not to know their neighbors and people living in close proximity to them, not to mention the fact that these aren't exactly the types of gated communities and virtually anybody can have access to your neighborhood or even your apartment's building. In these types of situations, some kind of a lock isn't just a preventive manner in case of an absolute emergency but more of a necessity that essentially everybody needs to own.

But luckily for these people, not everybody is stuck in a sketchy neighborhood and some even possess the privilege of living in nice upper middle class suburban areas where everyone seemingly knows everyone else and not a whole lot of people would find the incentive of risking their life and freedom for a flat-screen TV to be that appealing. These kinds of scenarios make some people feel so protected that they even decide to get rid of a lock altogether. And while we're not the ones to teach those people how to live their life, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Even if a lock happens to be not that much of a necessity in terms of securing your or your belonging's safety, knowing that your place is protected can always bring you an absolutely priceless peace of mind. So regardless of your living situation, the Yale YRD226NR619 Assure Lock Touchscreen is a smart lock that we would honestly recommend to anyone.

Review of Yale YRD226NR619 Assure Lock Touchscreen

Multiple Options

Most smart locks give you the ability to unlock and unlock the door using an application on your smartphone. And while that can be incredibly convenient given that most people carry their smartphones with them everywhere they go, that kind of structure may present some problems, with the most obvious one being the problem of locking and unlocking your door when your smartphone's battery is at less than 1%. People behind the Yale YRD226NR619 thought of that, which is why this smart lock provides you with the options of unlocking it by entering your 4-8 digit PIN code on the backlit, touchscreen keypad or using a physical key. And if you're worried about providing access to your friends, the lock stores up to 250 (25 for non-connected) pin codes for you to share with others.

Yale YRD226NR619 Assure Lock Touchscreen in the use

A Safety Net

The lock's installation shouldn't come as a challenge to even the most inexperienced users. All you have to do is replace the existing deadbolt with a simple screwdriver. The device fits on standard doors 1 3/8" to 2 1/4" thick and requires 2 1/8" face borehole. And if you prefer to have the option of an old-fashioned approach, the lock comes with two physical keys so you won't ever have to worry about getting locked out. On top of that, the model comes with a voice-guided assistance and a privacy mode. And if you'd still like to operate the lock using your smartphone, the device is upgradeable to work with your smart home (including SmartThings and Wink) with Yale network module, although you will have to purchase it separately in that case. With a combination of a backlit, touchscreen keypad and a physical lock option, the Yale YRD226NR619 is a perfect choice for those who want to keep up with the times while still maintaining an old-fashioned safety net.

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TURBOLOCK TL-100

A Smart Lock for Smart Customers

Some people see the rise in popularity of smart locks and naturally start to wonder whether they really want to purchase one. While the drawbacks of a regular mechanical lock generally don't escape the attention of even the most conservative folks, be it the discomfort of having to bring a whole bunch of keys with you everywhere you go and physically locking and unlocking every access point one by one every time you decide to leave or enter your premises or the fact that an orthodox lock doesn't provide that much of a security because it is easy to break into and the key isn't hard to replicate. But is smart lock the answer to these issues?

Well, simply the fact that a smart lock is virtually devoid of any of these problems can be enough of a reason to purchase one, there are a few other elements that make this type of lock such an attractive purchase. First of all, not only do you no longer have a need for a set of keys to be carried around with you everywhere you go but you also no longer require a set of additional keys if you'd like to grant semi-permanent access to your house to a friend or a family member. Smart locks have the ability to provide unique access codes for each person. Second, they work with smartphones and since this is the only device you always have with you everywhere you go, you won't have to carry an additional special key if you don't wish to do so. And last but not least, smart locks provide you with the convenience of being able to lock and unlock the doors remotely, saving you some time and effort. If any of that sounds convincing to you and you would like to purchase one, the TurboLock TL-100 Bluetooth Smart Lock is a great place to start.

Review of TURBOLOCK TL-100 Bluetooth Smart Lock

Will Survive Any Weather

One of the first things people pay attention to when it comes to any device is just how much trouble will it be to set it up. Luckily, the TurboLock TL-100 is one of those models that doesn't require the touch of a professional in order to do that. You can easily install this smart lock on both left and right side doors for additional reliable security and monitoring of your home or business. During installation, the handle can be interchangeably set to either be a left or right knob. On top of that, the model is capable of withstanding and operating in different types of weather with its sturdy metal alloy and weather-sealed materials keeping the dust and dirt at bay. The lock requires 4 AA alkaline batteries in order to function that are placed in the back of the model. The device will provide you with a low battery indication when new batteries are required, but the model will continue working for approximately 50 more times before battery depletion.

TURBOLOCK TL-100 Bluetooth Smart Lock in the use

Convenience Is Its Second Name

Naturally, just like any other piece of technology, a smart lock is only as good as how easy and comfortable it is to operate. And this isn't an area where the model fails to deliver either. The TurboLock TL-100 provides you with both the convenience and security with its reliable and advanced keyless locks. Since the indoor and outdoor safety of your family, business, or valuables is in question, TurboLock has designed the Grade 3 BHMA certified TL-100 smart lock with Bluetooth functionality and an accompanying Android/iOS app. All you have to do is run the app on your Android or iOS smartphone and wirelessly pair it with the TL-100 to access all your TurboLock’s features. The model also comes with an eKey technology that allows you to send eKeys to friends and family, manage users, view unlocking history, and monitor your TurboLock in real-time directly from the app. And if you’re expecting a group of friends to come by, guests can temporarily have an almost instantaneous access to your home via Passive Mode. With this function, all they have to do is press any key to unlock the TL-100. With its weather-resistant structure and an incredibly convenient yet rich set of features, the TurboLock TL-100 will be able to satisfy a range of customers regardless of their preferences.

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